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Rapid Reaction: Nets 99, Suns 79

WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets led the NBA in man-power games lost due to injury last season by a wide margin.

They’ve been a bit more fortunate health-wise in 2012-13 -- but it sure felt a lot like 2011-12 on Friday night.

Gerald Wallace did not return after bruising his ribs midway through the first quarter, while Deron Williams suffered a right thigh contusion early in the third quarter. After a brief stint in the locker room, D-Will came back but was noticeably limping.

The Nets were already without Kris Humphries (sore left ankle), Mirza Teletovic (illness) and Jerry Stackhouse (sore hamstring).

Despite being short-handed, Brooklyn won its season-high tying fifth straight game (third time), blowing out the Phoenix Suns, 99-79, at Barclays Center. The Nets (21-15) are now 14-0 against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played) and 7-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Joe Johnson, who was a game-time decision due to illness, led five players in double digits with 19 points (eight in the fourth) in 35 minutes.

In what was his fifth straight solid performance, D-Will added 15 points, seven assists and three rebounds. He shot 3-for-5 from the field, 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

Brooklyn outscored Phoenix 53-26 in the second half. The Nets have won their last three games by 20 points each.

THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: The Nets outscored the Suns 28-13 in the third quarter. On Tuesday night, they outscored the Sixers 35-14 in the third. What is going on? They pulled away with a 22-3 run spanning the end of the third and the start of the fourth.

BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez struggled against Marcin Gortat, and finished with just 13 points on 5-for-15 shooting in what was probably his worst game of the season. He added eight rebounds.

CAN’T FORGET ABOUT DRAY: Andray Blatche scored 15 points -- his fifth straight game in double-figures -- along with eight rebounds. MarShon Brooks chipped in a season-high 17 points off the bench.

GLASS MAN: Coming off his career-high 23-rebound night on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Evans grabbed 15 boards in this one, while adding seven points.

HALF BAD: The Nets were outshot 53.7 percent to 41.9 percent and trailed by as many as 11 in the first half. Lopez went 1-for-8.

WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Young Jeezy and Tyra Banks

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Pacers on Sunday night at 6 p.m.